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The Rest of CREST

13 million pages of declassified CIA records is bound to contain some earth-shattering revelations. These are the fun ones.

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Memos show CIA employees were frustrated with inconsistent policies regarding “alien marriage”

As early as 1962, there were issues with CIA employees marrying “aliens.” There was a set procedure for those looking to wed someone who was not born in the states, and as always, romance and government paperwork did not mix well.

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CIA has been tracking Russian interference in U.S. elections since 1982

A formerly SECRET memo sent to the Director of Central Intelligence in 1982 reveals that the Intelligence Community’s concern with Russian attempts to influence the U.S. Presidential election go back decades. While some have called the recent Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election “without precedent,” the CIA memo shows that some of the first attempts by Russia to influence the outcome of the election were detected in the early 1980s.

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The Elements of Spy-le: Lessons from the CIA’s classified guide to good writing

The CIA, like all government agencies, produces a huge amount of paperwork. Faced with this quantity of paper, the CIA published a classified collection of essays that was aimed at improving the literary quality of the documents that the Agency was creating.

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CIA’s 60 year war with the Government Accountability Office: The ‘70s Part 2

In an April 1975 letter for CIA Director William Colby, the Agency’s Assistant Legislative Counsel laid out the arguments the Agency intended to make against a bill requiring they allow the Government Accountability Office access to CIA records. In an accompanying cover letter, the Agency lawyer drafting the letter noted they “really slung the B.S.,” and asked for Colby’s help in determining if they had overplayed the CIA’s position a bit.

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Five of the CIA’s most blatant redaction abuses

From beer brands to cafeteria names, here’s five of the most questionable redactions found in the CIA’s declassified database.

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